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Monday 28 July 2014


A month since it was officially condemned and closed by public health officers to pave way for its reconstruction, pupils and teachers  of Nyakenyerere DEB Primary School in Bomachoge Chache constituency Kisii county have been left with no option but to violate the law and operate under trees so as to catch up with the syllabus.

The school, with a population of 350 pupils, 196 girls and 154 boys, 13 teachers eight of whom are TSC- employed has since been forced to open late and close earlier and sometimes close down completely when there is continued rains for the safety of the pupils. The authorities have left the pupils to continue using the already condemned toilets and some structures which pose great danger to their lives.

Situated 17 kilometres from the district headquarters in Ogembo town, the school had all the nine classrooms condemned.
Now the fear is on the nursery, pre-unit and baby class suffering in the cold and the 22 candidates who will be sitting this year’s exams.

A verdict made by the public health officer Hassan Winner who is in charge of Sengera/Ibencho location on June 27 2014 has seen the school management led by the headteacher Obetu Mireri and chairman Wilson Mauti  move from the constituency office to that of the county government with no assistance forthcoming.

The committee has been making follow-ups on a letter they wrote on July 2 to the governor James Ongwae seeking for emergency funding but they have not managed to meet him nor his deputy Joash Maangi.

Some parents read political mischief in the current situation at the school which is a polling station which has 212 registers voters and where the area MP Simon Ogari got one vote hence the reason as to why they are getting little attention of the ODM county leadership.

The 30-year-old institution which is situated in Onseka sub-location within Ibencho division is home to  Maangi, Bomachoge Chache MP Simon Ogari and MCAs Nyarang’o (Sengera/Bosoti ward) and Felister Metobo (nominated).

Appearing like an island just at the boundary of Bomachoge Chache and South Mugirango constituencies, the school has only received funding from CDF thrice with former area MP Joel Onyancha (now MP  Bomachoge Borabu) allocating them Sh250,000 and the present MP Simon Ogari allocating the school Sh600,000 which came in two tranches.
The money which was used to build the administration block which also houses Standard Seven and 80 pupils was first received in 2006 and the project stalled the following year only to be allocated more funds in 2012.

A lawyer Lugard Obondi Mogusu recently donated bricks to jumpstart the construction of three classrooms which were started by parents in 2012 but this can not take off minus other construction materials.
They have now resorted to start learning under trees and to violate the law by using the four condemned pit latrines awaiting the outcome of a harambee they have organised on July 31.

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